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|Bruce Springsteen||Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer|
|Nils Lofgren||Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer, Soloist|
|Clarence Clemons||Saxophone, Vocals, Track Performer|
|Roy Bittan||Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Track Performer|
|Danny Federici||Organ, Vocals, Track Performer|
|Garry Tallent||Bass, Horn, Track Performer|
|Max Weinberg||Percussion, Drums, Track Performer|
|The E Street Band||Group|
|Bruce Springsteen||Composer, Sound Effects, Producer|
|Jon Landau||Producer, Management|
|Sandra Choron||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
This album from 1987 is the one I like to put on when I'm in need of a good Springsteen fix. There's hardly a so-so song on the album, the playing is sublime (which he practically does all by himself), the lyrics are tear-stained, and the overall mood of the album is lovely, depressing, optimistic and frightening all at once! In fact, I'm listening to this album right now because I have nothing better to do and it's a late night and I need to listen to some lovely music. The lead-off track, "Ain't Got You," is sung by a man who's very rich but not happy. It's probably the lightest track on the album. Then after that the album gets darker until finally it gets so dark, it brings the listener to tears. "Tougher Than The Rest" is important proof. "Cautious Man" is a slight return to the Nebraska album (which is just great as this album). "Walk Like A Man" is a beautiful song about marriage and how it heart-wrenches. "Tunnel of Love" (THE BIG SONG!) is a gorgeous track with great love symbolism (using a theme park!). The mellow "One Step Up" makes everything in life seem negative but knows that hope is around the corner. "When You're Alone" is a slow-but-mesmerizing track that explains the factors of love! "Valentine's Day" is the most depressing track of all, and even sounds like the Boss himself has written it in tears. Overall, this album has many uses for many people: married couples, young (single) men who often feel lonely, the depressed, anyone who likes lovely music...and most importantly Springsteen fans! (In fact, I think I've become a new Springsteen fan myself!)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
When I was nine, I was best friends with my mom. And since best friends usually love the same music (and we were no exception!) this became my favorite album too! My mom taught me about poetry through reading the lyrics to ''All that Heaven Will Allow'', ''Walk Like A Man'', and (her personal favorite) ''Valentines' Day''. The lyric book really does read like poetry, too! It's positively brilliant! No pun intended, though ''Brilliant Disguise'' has always been one of my favorite tracks! I think that, other than ''When You're Alone'', the title track, and ''One Step Up'', all the songs I mentioned at the beginning are probably my favorites, although they are all beautiful! This album is PERFECT (and I know this from experience!) to listen to and read along with the lyric booklet, while snuggled up on the couch and watching the snow fall! It's also an album that you can play over and over and over and over again and not tire of (that is, if you are the type of person who plays music over and over again! My dad is not that type of person, and he used to get tired of it. But then again, I think what he really disliked was my mom and I fawning over how cute Bruce was!). But what it all comes down to is this: Bruce put together an album that almost chronicles every step of his own marriage (his first one, to Julieanne Phillips. The Patti Scialfa one seems pretty strong) and how it deteriorated. This album enetered the hearts of many, and shows again what a talented man the Boss is! I love this CD, not just for the sentimental reasons, but for what it is: Brilliant!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2009
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